Fluke by Christopher Moore

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Just why do humpback whales sing? That's the question that has marine behavioral biologist Nate Quinn and his crew poking, charting, recording, and photographing very big, wet, gray marine mammals. Until the extraordinary day when a whale lifts its tail into the air to display a cryptic message spelled out in foot-high letters: Bite me.

Trouble is, Nate's beginning to wonder if he hasn't spent just a little too much time in the sun. 'Cause no one else on his team saw a thing -- not his longtime partner, Clay Demodocus; not their saucy young research assistant; not even the spliff-puffing white-boy Rastaman Kona (né Preston Applebaum). But later, when a roll of film returns from the lab missing the crucial tail shot -- and his research facility is trashed -- Nate realizes something very fishy indeed is going on.

By turns witty, irreverent, fascinating, puzzling, and surprising, Fluke is Christopher Moore at his outrageous best.


About Christopher Moore

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Christopher Moore is the author of twelve previous novels: Practical Demonkeeping, Coyote Blue, Bloodsucking Fiends, Island of the Sequined Love Nun, The Lust Lizard of Melancholy Cove, Lamb, Fluke, The Stupidest Angel, A Dirty Job, You Suck, Fool, and Bite Me. He lives in San Francisco, California.
Published January 1, 2003 by Perennial Classics. 321 pages
Genres: Humor & Entertainment, Science Fiction & Fantasy, Literature & Fiction, Political & Social Sciences, Gay & Lesbian. Fiction

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Moore is far from at his best when thus veering into sermon mode, but he’s a facile, entertaining writer, and has infectious fun hacking away at such targets as Canadian hockey violence, “whale huggers,” the US Navy’s shortsighted appropriation of oceanic resources for covert tests and experiment...

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Technically, this is impossible, nature having created narrow throats for humpback whales, but the tattooed one is a living ship, a simulacrum of a humpback run by a crew of humans and "whaley boys"—human/ whale cross breeds.

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He has written fantastically odd and fun books for years, including ISLAND OF THE SEQUINED LOVE NUN, THE LUST LIZARD OF MELANCHOLY COVE, and LAMB: THE GOSPEL ACCORDING TO BIFF, CHRIST'S CHILDHOOD PAL (which, in my estimation, is his best, most bedazzlingly kooky book yet).

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You can read more book reviews and buy Fluke: Or, I Know Why the Winged Whale Sings by Christopher Moore at Amazon Reviews of other books by Christopher Moore Lamb Dirty Job The Stupidest Angel

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Christopher Moore Website ISFDB Bibliography SF Site Review: The Lust Lizard of Melancholy Cove SF Site Review: Island of the Sequined Love Nun SF Site Review: Island of the Sequined Love Nun Expectations can be a dangerous thing.

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Author of "Practical Demon-Keeping," "Bloodsucking Fiends," and "Lamb - The Gospel According to Biff, Christ's Childhood Pal," Moore has a knack for addressing otherworldly, bizarre, or supernatural phenomenon with unparalleled wit.

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